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Town holds out against militants

Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

BAGHDAD (AP) – As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight.

The wheat and barley farmers have taken up arms, dug trenches and posted gunmen on the rooftops – and, against all odds, they have kept the Islamic State extremist group out of their town of 15,000 people. But residents say they don’t know how much longer they can hold out.

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